St. John Paul II Catholic School in Grande Prairie has received $100,000 to help support its welding fabrication lab.

The announcement comes as the province invests $3.6 million in dual credit grants to school authorities across the province this school year.

“Through dual credit programs, students can transition seamlessly into their next opportunity, whether it is post-secondary education, trade designations or various workplaces,” said Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Education, who also stopped to tour the school on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

“Enhancing these opportunities is essential to encouraging high school completion and building a skilled, educated and engaged workforce to support Alberta’s growing economy.”

Dual credit courses allow high school students to earn both high school credits and post-secondary credits at the same time.

The province says 47 schools will receive grants this school year up to $50,000 to create dual credit opportunities and up to $100,000 for existing dual credit courses.

Dual credit opportunities exist for welding and carpentry apprenticeships and training in artificial intelligence, medical and health technologies, and agriculture technology, says the provincial media release.

“It was truly exciting for Minister Nicolaides to visit St. John Paul II Catholic High School,” said Roger Lauck, Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools teaching and learning director. 

“It was great we had the chance to showcase our welding apprenticeship class, where the minister could see first-hand the positive impact the provincial dual credit enhancement grant is making for our students.”

Alberta Education says grants will distributed to 47 school authorities this school year. 

“School authorities can use the grants to deliver dual credit programming in the current school year and can carry over any unused funds into the 2024-25 school year.”

The province says in the last 10 years, about 83,000 high school students participated in at least one dual credit course. 

By Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Nov 02, 2023 at 11:28

This item reprinted with permission from   Town & Country News   Beaverlodge, Alberta

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